• Are trees forms? On formalism, material feminism, and historical literature

    Author(s):
    George Phillips (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Ecocriticism, Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century English Literature, LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
    Subject(s):
    Ecocriticism, Materialism, Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941, Ecofeminism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Material ecocriticism, Modernist studies, Virginia Woolf, Formalism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/371x-a885
    Abstract:
    This essay draws on formalist cultural studies and material feminism to argue for a new approach in modernist studies, which I call formalist materialism, an approach that reads ecological forms alongside aesthetic forms. Such an approach may have distinct advantages. Formalist materialism illuminates a new direction for formalists by connecting forms to embodiment, ecology, and material substances. It also offers a novel path for feminist materialists by suggesting historical objects and situations where human and nonhuman agencies might be clearer. As I demonstrate in readings of Karel Čapek and Virginia Woolf, this model of reading also might help reinvigorate ways of approaching early-twentieth-century modernism in our time of ecological crisis, but without looking for signs of our concerns and epistemologies in the past. [Abstract amended from original.]
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
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    All Rights Reserved

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